How to Use the Entire Tree When Salvaging Wood and Cutting Lumber

First of all, when it comes to using the entire tree, you can trust nature to waste nothing. Eons before the first axe took a bite out of a tree, the nutrients and organic material in dead trees returned to enrich and build up the soil. Along the way, the tree provided habitat to cavity […]

You Don’t Need a Woodlot to Find Valuable Wood

Those piles of lumber air drying out by the barn are a real source of pride for me, and I love it when someone looks at the wood and asks where I found the logs. The assumption is that wood with beauty and character must come from expensive logs, or imported from Africa or South […]

Custom Milling on Your Portable Sawmill

The simplest solution to marketing lumber is to sell the service instead of the wood.  A number of sawyers have built successful businesses on the basis of custom milling. The simplest custom milling job is for the customer to provide the logs and hire you to mill them on your bandsaw mill either at your […]

Tools of the Sawmilling Trade

When you go out on a cutting job with your portable sawmill, what do you take with you? If you’re working close to home and can make a quick run for gas or a 9/16” socket wrench, forgetting a vital piece of equipment is no big deal. But when you drive 40 miles to a […]

Safely Moving Logs to your Portable Sawmill or Firewood Processor

If you’ve been around a full-scale logging crew, you’ve probably watched the industrial skidders pull out a 1,000 board feet of logs in a single pull, pushing aside anything that gets in their way. The days are pretty much gone when an independent logger with a chain saw and four-wheel-drive winch truck heads to the […]

Sawing Imperfect Logs

When I first started running a portable sawmill, I was confident every board was going to be free of defects; I would have a nearly unlimited supply of straight, clear lumber for building projects and to sell to expectant customers. But nature designed trees to survive long enough to reproduce and in surviving their lives […]

Milling Different Tree Species

In the Missouri Ozarks, there is a plethora of tree species to keep things interesting at the sawmill. Technically the forest is classified as oak-hickory, but the nine species of oak and four species of hickory don’t begin to describe the diversity. Sycamore, walnut, cherry, sassafras, persimmon, sweet gum, pecan, elm, mulberry, honey locust, Osage […]

Upgrading Your Portable Band Sawmill

Operating a portable sawmill opens up a world of possibilities, both as a source of building material and as a source of income. When working weekends or in your spare time, those aching muscles are just part of a good day’s work.  But as your confidence grows and you take on more challenging jobs, you […]

Top Ten Reasons for Owning a Portable Bandsaw Mill

If you’re considering the purchase of a mill to cut your own lumber or to start a sawmilling business, we’ve come up with a list of ten good reasons to continue that train of thought (or perhaps to help you sell the notion to a spouse or business partner). 10.  A bandsaw mill is the […]

Ozark Tree Fact – Sawmilling Hedge is a Good Bet

Trees and wood have impacted our culture in surprising ways and I’m always interested in learning about these impacts along with the folklore that gets handed down with them. Living in the Ozarks, there is plenty of fact and fiction surrounding our forests and sometimes the distinction between the two is a thin, blurry line. […]